Grace Hood

Reporter

I’ve been a listener of NPR for as long as I can remember. I grew up listening to Iowa Public Radio in Davenport, Iowa, and then tuned in to WHYY when I attended Bryn Mawr College outside of Philadelphia.

I began my career as a journalist in the print medium. As a general assignment reporter at the Boulder Weekly, I covered politics, the environment, agriculture, and sports. I won multiple Society for Professional Journalism awards, including first place honors for Best Political Feature Writing and Best Science/Agricultural Feature.

I began experimenting with sound and radio at my local Boulder community radio station, KGNU. I still remember the first story that I did for the station—about a “weed management” program by the city of Boulder in which it hired goat herders to graze their animals in weed-infested fields. The sounds I recorded brought the story alive in a way I had never experienced before. At that point—the summer of 2007—I was hooked. I had to do more stories for radio.

During my tenure at KUNC, I've been recognized by the Colorado Broadcaster's Association, Associated Press and RTDNA for my radio feature stories. I've received three national Edward R. Murrow awards, in 2010, 2011, and 2012 for feature and investigative reporting. In 2012 I received the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize.

As a reporter at KUNC, my goal is to bring the voices of ordinary people to the airwaves—not just those of spokespeople or individuals in positions of power.  I look forward to serving the region of Northern Colorado and meeting many of you in my journalistic travels. I also welcome feedback and story ideas, so don’t hesitate to drop me a line via e-mail.

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6:00am

Fri September 23, 2011
Local

Larimer County Food Bank to Unveil New Loveland Pantry

Creative Commons

The Food Bank for Larimer County is hosting an opening house later today at its newly built Loveland pantry.

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9:48pm

Wed September 21, 2011
Education

K12 Inc.: Public Online Schools, Private Profits

Rhonda Stafford and her daughter, eighth grader Ashley Andazola, attend a recent training for the online school, Colorado Virtual Academy. COVA is managed by Virginia-based K12 Inc.

At a time when public schools are seeing deep cuts in funding, there’s a growing market for companies running online elementary, middle and high schools. The largest for-profit company overseeing these programs in Colorado is Virginia-based company K12 Inc. While public schools are struggling to survive, K12 Inc.—with the support of state tax dollars—is reporting double digit profits. Meantime, it’s not measuring up to state academic standards.

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2:00pm

Wed September 14, 2011
Local

CSU Event Explores National Parks Across the Globe

Ajo Mountain drive in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona. The park borders Mexico and is the most dangerous park in the U.S. due to drug smuggling and other illegal activities.
National Park Service

A three-day event examining how national parks are viewed differently across the world starts tonight on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins.

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6:00am

Tue September 13, 2011
Transportation

CDOT Seeking Comment on Long-Term Northern I-25 Plan

Colorado Department of Transportation officials wrapped up the first of three public meetings last night discussing the future of I-25 in Northern Colorado.

The agency is nearing the end of a 45-day comment period on its long-term vision for Northern I-25, which includes:

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6:00am

Mon September 12, 2011
Health

GAO Report Draws Attention to Pharmaceuticals in Water Supply

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According to a new Government Accountability Office report, more action is needed to limit pharmaceutical drugs from entering the drinking water supply. And one starting point are so-called “drug take back programs,” which exist in Colorado and 24 other states.

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